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Dave

New Westminster, BC, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3453)
    Performance
    (3019)
    Story
    (3033)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Another great Ryan story delivered with style"
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    I've been following the stories of Jack Ryan and company since the 80's, always looking forward to the next instalment from Tom Clancy. This one continues the saga in a way that I think incorporates all the original values of the Ryan stories really well.

    There are equal parts fast-paced plot and technology exposure. This time, although there is lots of detail of weapons used, etc., there is also a lot of computer technology in the picture. I've always found the technology aspect to make Clancy's stories more interesting.

    Once again, the audio book is read by Lou Diamond Phillips with great pacing, consistent voicings, and an overall excellent presentation.

    A great read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taking People With You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By David Novak
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    David Novak learned long ago that you can't lead a great organization of any size without getting your people aligned, enthusiastic, and focused relentlessly on the mission. But how do you do that? There are countless leadership books, but how many will actually help a Taco Bell shift manager, a Fortune 500 CEO, a new entrepreneur, or anyone in between? Over his 15 years at Yum! Brands, Novak has developed a trademarked program he calls Taking People with You.

    D Rees says: "Almost very good"
    "Well paced and interesting - exercises not so much"
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    Would you listen to Taking People With You again? Why?

    I don't tend to re-read books very often, but this one had enough different aspects to it and a good pace. I might well revisit it in a year.


    What about Sean Pratt’s performance did you like?

    The book was well read, clear and easy to follow. The infrequent other characters were subtly different from the main narration voice. Overall very well presented.


    Any additional comments?

    My only negative comment on the book was that it contains regular exercises to examine your own work and life situations. This sort of exercise is hard to picture in audio form, and clearly requires sitting down and working at the exercise. I tend to listen to audio books on the move, and will naturally not stop to do the exercises.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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